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“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into the learners and the nonlearners.” -Benjamin Barber

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Five Ways that Games are More than Just Fun ~ They make us more social; They empower us to be creative; They help us develop empathy; They make us act playful and silly; They force us to tinker.  via GOOD, published August 1, 2013.

How Your Morning Coffee Can Make You a Better Designer ~ Tim Brown on how conscious observation, followed by iterating and testing potential solutions, can transform activities we take for granted. via GOOD, published August 2, 2013.

Why Some Great Ideas Catch And Others Don’t ~ Anesthesia caught on overnight, while antiseptic took decades. Why? via FastCo.Design, published July 30, 2013.

Literature Therapy Program Delivers Personalized Reading Lists ~ Bibliotherapy is a prescription reading service from the London-based cultural enterprise The School of Life that offers curated reading lists tailored to an individual’s struggles or personal situation. Patrons of the service book one-hour assessments with The School of Life for an in-person, telephone or Skype session with a well-read advisory team composed of an artist, a novelist and an independent bookstore owner. Instant prescriptions of recommended fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction are given at the end of the consultation, with a full prescription following within a few days. via PSFK, published July 29, 2013.

A Do-It-Yourself MBA? This Guy Did It–and So Can You ~ Victor Saad wrote his own masters-level education plan before becoming an entrepreneur. Now, he has founded an institute, The Experience Institute, to help others do the same. via Inc., published July 29, 2013.

The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers ~ via James Clear, published July 29, 2013.

Five Ways to Ease Your Envy ~ Envy is a state of desiring something that someone else possesses. It’s a vicious emotion that can crush self-esteem, inspire efforts to undermine others’ successes, or even cause people to lash out violently. It also just feels horrible. So what can we do to disarm the green-eyed monster when it strikes? Here are five suggestions. via Greater Good Science Center, published August 1, 2013.

How to Kill Creativity ~ Teresa Amabile on the three components of creativity and the six general categories of managerial practices that affect creativity: challenge, freedom, resources, work-group, features, supervisory encouragement, and organizational support. via Sage Publications,  published July 12, 2006.

Unstoppable Learning ~ Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we — as adults — assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? Why do we put so much effort into making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the ways babies and children learn, from the womb to the playground to the Web. via NPR TED Radio Hour.

Organize an Office Recess and Create Your Own Game ~  A toolkit to organize an office recess and create your own game. via GOOD, published August 1, 2013.

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Babilawn: Ornamental Air Conditioning Attachments ~ American designers Daniel Licalzi and Paul Genberg have developed a solution to help aid the visual pollution caused by air conditioners sticking out from one’s window. Influenced by the hanging garden’s of Babylon, ‘Babilawn‘, the faux grass mat attaches to the top of the A/C unit, giving users the opportunity to decorate their ‘lawn’ with miniature ornaments such as a white picket fence, yellow or blue daisies, and even a garden gnome. via designboom, published July 30, 2013.

“Uncarriable Carrier Bags” Remind Us, Cheekily, Not To Carry Bags ~ Mother London really wants you to stop carrying plastic bags, and the ad firm will shame you into compliance if necessary. Their yellow Uncarriable Carrier Bags are overlaid with pictures of objects that you wouldn’t want strangers on the street–let alone your own mama–to see you with. via FastCo.Create, published July 31, 2013.

Cakes Shaped Like Planets Have Scientifically Accurate Cross-Sections ~ via design taxi, published July 31, 2013. 

14 innovative & practical solutions to today’s most urgent education challenges ~ The 2013 WISE Awards Finalists from around the globe represent some of the best and most creative work being done in education by non-governmental organizations, charity groups, cultural institutions and the private sector. The 14 projects demonstrate practical solutions to today’s most urgent education challenges. Selected by a pre-Jury of international education experts, the project Finalists showcase unusual approaches to issues of access, quality, and employment needs. via WISE.

Could This Cardboard Furniture Replace Your Ikea Chairs And Bookshelves? Cardboard furniture for the urban nomad. Chairigami’s furniture is made from recycled cardboard and there’s no assembly required: They don’t use any glue or fasteners.~ via FastCo.Exist, published July 29, 2013.

Nobel Prize Winners Are Put to the Task of Drawing Their Discoveries ~ “The idea was, basically, to portray them in a way that was fun, personal and creative,” says Volker Steger. “I wanted to visually link them directly to their discoveries.” via Smithsonian Magazine, published July 23, 2013.

Look, No Grid! NYC Reimagined As A Circular Metropolis ~ Mapmaker Max Roberts‘ original designs aim to challenge conventional map dogma, a lot of which he says are outdated. Rather than emphasize straight lines, clean angles, and geographical accuracy, Roberts’ maps embody a more nuanced approach to mapping, one that combines aesthetics with usability. via FastCo.Design, published July 29, 2013.

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Find Your Creative Flow State ~ “Happiness is absorption.” – T.E. Lawrence. via Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe project, published July 30, 2013.

8 Things We Simply Don’t Understand About the Human Brain ~Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the most baffling problems currently facing science. via io9, published July 29, 2013.

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Naoto Fukasawa & Jane Fulton Suri on Smartphones as Social Cues, Soup as a Metaphor for Design, the Downside of 3D Printing and More ~ As keen observers of the world at large and the man-made objects and obstacles we encounter on a regular basis, designer Naoto Fukasawa and IDEO’s Jane Fulton Suri, who served on the jury for last year’s Braunprize selections, had plenty of interesting things to say about the current state of design and just what it means to be ‘normal’. via Core77, published June 17, 2013.

Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skills of Socrates ~ Socrates holds the key to an essential leadership skill: asking great questions. The challenge is that too few leaders, managers and employees ask great questions. This is a big problem. Cultures that embrace a culture of questioning thrive and those that fear it either fail or are doomed to mediocrity. Here are 7 basics ingredients to nurture this Socratic culture. via Forbes, published June 18, 2013.

The Bossless Office Trend ~ A nonhierarchical workplace may just be a more creative and happier one. “Management is a term to me that feels very twentieth century,” says Simon Anderson, the CEO of the web-hosting company DreamHost, “That 100-year chunk of time when the world was very industrialized, and a company would make something that could be stamped out 10 million times and figured out a way to ship it easily, you needed the hierarchy for that. I think this century is more about building intelligent teams.” via New York Magazine, published June 16, 2013.

The Worry That You’re Doing The Wrong Thing Right Now ~ You begin one task from an email, but then quickly have the urge to see if there’s something else more important you should be doing. And this problem repeats itself—every time you sit down with one thing, the dozens of others on your mind (and the many potential urgent items that might be coming in as you sit there) are grasping for your attention. Is there ever any certainty that you’re doing the right thing right now? via Design Taxi, published June 17, 2013.

50 Problems in 50 Days:  A Cross-Continent Design Adventure ~ Peter Smart recently travelled 2,517 miles to try and solve 50 Problems in 50 Days using design. This journey took him from the bustling streets of London to the cobbled lanes of Turin to test design’s ability to solve social problems—big and small. via GOOD, published June 18, 2013.

England’s ‘Play Streets’ Initiative Shuts Down Streets so Kids are Free to Play in their Neighborhood ~ via Inhabitots, published June 17, 2013.

The Best Thing We Could Do About Inequality Is Universal Preschool ~ The latest research, from a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper by James Heckman and Lakshmi Raut, concludes that a policy of free preschool for all poor children would have a raft of cost-effective benefits for society and the economy: It would increase social mobility, reduce income inequality, raise college graduation rates, improve criminal behavior (saving some of the societal expenses associated with it), and yield higher tax revenue thanks to an increase in lifetime wages. via The Atlantic, published June 17, 2013.

When Catastrophe Strikes, Emulate the Octopus ~ Nature teaches us that adaptation to environmental risk carries no goal of perfection. In human society, it’s politically expedient to propose top- down security initiatives that promise total risk elimination, such as “winning the global war on terror.” But trying to eliminate a threat like terrorism is like trying to eliminate predation, and trying to minimize it with a single, centralized plan is the direct opposite of adaptability. Well-adapted organisms do not try to eliminate risk—they learn to live with it. via Wired, published March 21, 2012.

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12 Amazing Miniature Replicas Of Famous Artists’ Studios ~ Joe Fig visits famous artists in their studios, asking questions, shooting photographs, and taking meticulous measurements. Then he creates these incredibly accurate dioramas. via FastCoDesign, published June 12, 2013.

Students Transform a Parking Spot In Front of Their School Into a Cool Parklet ~ As a technology teacher at Jericho Middle School in Long Island, New York, Matthew Silva is constantly looking for ways to infuse design thinking and process into his curriculum. With this goal in mind, he recently challenged his students to solve a problem for their school. Their challenge was to design a parklet for a parking space in front of the school where students wait every day for their parents to pick them up. via Inhabitat, published June 17, 2013.

This Is What Our Grocery Shelves Would Look Like Without Bees ~ A Whole Foods store in Rhode Island made it crystal clear to customers how their favorite fruits and vegetables depend on bees. via FastCoDesign, published June 20, 2013.

Play Perch / Syracuse University ~ architecture, play, exploration & early childhood development. via ArchDaily, published June 18, 2013.

Beautiful Pics Of Trash, Inspired By Botanical Drawings ~ Barry Rosenthal‘s series of jewel-toned garbage collections, ‘Found in Nature‘, sheds new light on litter. via FastCoDesign, published June 12, 2013.

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Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation ~ Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation is a five-week course that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. No prior design experience necessary. Brought to you by Acumen & IDEO.org. Register now!

Browser that allows people around the world to surf the internet together in one window ~ What if you and your friends (or complete strangers) shared a browser? What sites would you visit and how would you communicate with one another? Swedish artist Jonas Lund explores those questions in his most recent project We See in Every Direction. As part of Rhizome’s online exhibition series The Download, Lund built a browser that allows people around the world to surf the internet together in one window. Users appear as cursors and can click around to different URLs, type messages in search bars or just sit back and observe what’s happening on the web. via Wired, published June 14, 2013.

Introducing Wireless Philosophy: An Open Access Philosophy Project Created by Yale and MIT ~ “Wireless Philosophy,” or Wiphi, is an online project of “open access philosophy” co-created by Yale and MIT that aims to make fundamental philosophical concepts accessible by “making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining” to people “with no background in the subject.” via Open Culture, published June 18, 2013.

EYE AM: Teaching Kids in Developing Countries to Tell Their Stories Through Photography ~ Todays media often creates an unfair picture of the lives of kids in developing countries – how they live and who they are. Poverty. No individuality. No creativity. But that’s a picture that isn’t created by those who really know what it looks like. The kids themselves. Together with you, we’ll create a more realistic view of the world. via Petapixel, published June 15, 2013.

School kids convince Crayola to start recycling their pens ~ Last year, members of the Sun Valley Elementary School’  “Green Team”, made up of 1st thru 5th-graders, decided to try to reduce the environmental impact of their creative process — by looking for a way to give those dried-up markers another life outside the landfill. Led by teacher Mr. Land Wilson, the forward-thinking youngsters made an appeal to the manufacturer of their favorite felt-tipped pens, Crayola, to convince the company to start recycling their empties. via Inhabitat, published June 17, 2013.

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The Power of the Pen: How to Boost Happiness, Health, and Productivity via Adam Grant on LinkedIn, published May 28, 2013.

Enhance Your Resilience ~ Scientists have compiled evidence-based tactics for building resilience. Among them: rethink adversity, forge close friendships and tackle novel challenges. via Scientific American, published June 6, 2013.

Redefining Intelligence: Q&A With Scott Barry Kaufman~ via Big Think, published June 4, 2013.

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes ~ via BBC, published June 4, 2013.

The Secret of Great Work: Play ~ via Tim Brown on LinkedIn, published June 4, 2013.

How A Guerrilla Art Project Gave Birth To NYC’s New Wheelchair Symbol ~ The Accessible Icon Project. via FastCoDesign, published June 6, 2013.

The Way to Produce a Person ~ via New York Times, published June 3, 2013.

The Importance of Play for Adults ~ via Psych Central, published November 15, 2012.

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Thoughtful Designer Creates A Comic Book For Blind People ~ ‘Life’ by Philipp Meyer. via Design Taxi, published June 1, 2013.

Kenyan Company Turns Old Sandals Into Colorful Toys ~ via Junkculture, published May 22, 2013.

IBM Turns Its Ads Into Useful Urban Furniture ~ The People For Smarter Cities Project. via FastCoDesign, published June 4, 2013.

Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters ~ via TED Blog, published May 31, 2013.

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Oprah Winfrey’s Harvard Commencement Speech: Failure is Just Part of Moving Through Life via Open Culture, published June 1, 2013.

The Creative Process of Ansel Adams Revealed in 1958 Documentary ~ via Open Culture, published February 20, 2013.

Biosphere 2 via The Avant/Garde Diaries, published May 9, 2013.

Toy helicopter guided by power of thought ~ via Nature, published June 5, 2013.

Bauhaus, Modernism & Other Design Movements Explained by New Animated Video Series ~ via Open Culture, published June 5, 2013.

What are the advantages of a multi-disciplinary approach to education?  via Discovery 

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Beyond the Product: What We Should Be Teaching Young People ~ On asking questions & acting upon ideas…* via David Sengeh on LinkedIn, published March 26, 2013.

Empathy Equals Scary Vulnerability–And Is Totally Necessary For Success ~ via Fast Company, published March 22, 2013.

Don Norman on rethinking…* design thinking ~ via Core77, published March 19, 2013.

Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative ~ via BBC, published March 22, 2013.

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People ~ via Greater Good Science Center, published November 27, 2012.

Swedish Experimental Food Lab Erects Tiny Edible Cityscape ~ Atelier Food: exploring ways to rethink…* our food systems.  via Wired Design, published March 20, 2013

Here’s A Google Perk Any Company Can Imitate: Employee-To-Employee Learning ~ via Fast Company, published March 26, 2013

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify ~ Knowing when to stop is as important as starting. via Harvard Business Review, published March 20, 2013

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Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions ~ via TED, published March 2013.

Design Thinking — Maximizing Your Students’ Creative Talent: Co Barry at TEDxDenverTeachers ~ via TEDx, published March 22, 2013.

Socrates (In The Form Of A 9-Year-Old) Shows Up In A Suburban Backyard In Washington ~ via NPR, published March 27, 2013.

What if a 10-year-old designed a city? ~ via GreenBiz, published March 26, 2013.

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Federico Uribe Paints with Reused Electrical Cables ~ via This is Colossal, published March 20, 2013.

Self-Sufficient Green Dream Home is One With Surroundings ~ Isolée by Frank Tjepkema. via Dornob.

Time to Get Something On the Side: 30 Inspiring Passion Projects & Why You Should Have One ~ via FastCo.Create, published  March 20, 2013.

From Recycled Skateboards, Electric Guitars ~ via Design Taxi, published March 22, 2013.

Sculptures That Reveal The Hidden Beauty Of Regular StuffDaniel Eatock’s One + One series.  via FastCo.Design, published March 26, 2013.

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Big Thinkers on Education ~ via Edutopia.

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources ~ via Open Education Database, published March 12, 2013.

Skillshare: Got an Art/Design Class You Want to Take… or Teach? ~ via Core77, published March 22, 2013.

Friday Link Fest…*

Failure Sweet Failure

Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design. ~ Dieter Rams

 

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Failure and Redemption ~A model for dealing with failure productively. via Steve Blank, published February 26, 2013.

The Rise of the Mini-Preneurs: A Kid-Run Virtual Lemonade Stand To Teach Entrepreneurship ~ Making entrepreneurship a part of the curriculum. via GOOD, published February 11, 2013.

The Learning Potential ~ The sweet spot of education innovation lies between the evolution of iterative design and making processes and the capacity to grow self-knowledge of one’s learning spectrum and potential. Here is to gleaning insights from new learning structures in the informal and formal domains and puzzling over how we can bring boundless ideas and ideals in the field together. via The Creativity Post, published February 13, 2013.

How Small Innovation Teams Hit the Nail ~ …* via Innovation Excellence, published February 25, 2013.

The Learning Virtues ~ Editorial by David Brooks, via The New York Times, published February 28, 2013.

 

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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking ~ Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan. via TED, published February 2013.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud ~ Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org. via TED, published February 2013.

Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Want Kids to Learn Code ~ In a new video for Code.org, tech icons and celebrities talk about why students should have the opportunity to learn basic computer programming. via PSFK, published February 27, 2013.

10-Year-Old’s Recycling Business Hailed by City Leaders ~ Vanis Buckholz’s My ReCycler business. via TreeHugger, published January 25, 2013.

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Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century ~ via U.S. Department of Education, published February 2013.

How to Profit From Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt in Your Life ~ Learn how to make yourself “anti-fragile”. via Bigthink, published February 14, 2013.

 ~ via Gigaom, published February 3, 2013.

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success ~ via MindShift , published February 15, 2013.

Company Hopes to Use Mosquitoes to Administer Vaccines ~ Biotechnology company Provita Pharmaceuticals, which is entirely staffed by under 18s, is working on a project to use mosquitoes as a ‘flying syringe’ to deliver vaccines. via PSFK, published February 20, 2013.

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Start Your Startup with Free Stanford Courses and Lectures ~ via Openculture, published February 18, 2013.

Team looks to get kids eating healthier in just two days ~ A team from David Kelley’s Silicon Valley firm IDEO shows “60 Minutes” how, in just two days, they say they found new ways to get kids eating healthier. via CBS News, published February 19, 2013.

The Creative Process of Ansel Adams Revealed in 1958 Documentary ~ via Openculture, published February 20, 2013.

Bicycles Made from Recycled Cars ~ Creative Agency Lola Madrid uses old cars are to make Bicycled Bikes, a truly eco-friendly mode of transportation. via PSFK, published February 15, 2013.

Iconic Artists at Work: Watch Rare Videos of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Renoir, Monet and More ~ via Openculture, published February 21, 2013.

Friday Link Fest {December 7-14, 2012}

Friday Link Fest {December 7-14, 2012} (Photograph: Elsa Fridman)

(Dominic at last week’s Learning Matters panel discussion, Teaching Character, with Paul Tough, Dave Levin & John Merrow at the JCC in Manhattan)

 

ARTICLES

Empathy in Creativity and Design Thinking ~ On the importance of empathy for creating. via The Creativity Post, published December 12, 2012.

20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013, Selected By Frog ~ From automated cars to smarter smartphones, here are the ideas that will shape the future. via FastCo.Design, published December 13, 2012.

Manufacturing The Future: 10 Trends To Come In 3D Printing ~ Once considered science fiction, the ability to do 3D printing – to produce objects on demand at relatively low cost – has become a reality. And the trend is going to pick up steam in 2013. via Forbes, published December 7, 2012.

7 Young Entreprenuers Changing The World With Their Businesses ~ These companies’ founders are all members of a new generation of entrepreneurs who are looking to find disruptive ways of making money while also giving back. via FastCo.Exist, published December 10, 2012.

Children journey to the operating theatre through a magical forest ~ Jason Bruges Studio‘s interactive installation at Great Ormond Street features jumping rabbits and scurrying hedgehogs. via The Guardian, published December 12, 2012.

Toni Morrison Dispenses Writing Wisdom in 1993 Paris Review Interview ~ via Open Culture, published December 10, 2012.

Designers hold public office in Cape Town ~ Once a month designer Lourina Botha and her Studio Shelf colleagues marcate an area on a Cape Town street with yellow tape, setting up a temporary outdoor office in the public eye. In this space, the designers operate their business, design on-the-spot logos, take resumes from design students and give out free advice to local businesses. Studio Shelf call this their “Public Office” project. via SmartPlanet, published December 12, 2012.

 

VIDEOS

Man drives 23 years around the world in the same car ~ via Lost at E Minor, published December 10, 2012.

(via memfise1 on YouTube, published July 25, 2012)

 

A Brief History of the GIF ~ via PSFK, published December 10, 2012.

(A Short History of the Gif | Moving the Still from FRIEND on Vimeo.)

 

Floating Schools Designed To Fight Floods In Bangladesh ~ via FastCo.Design, published December 10, 2012.

2012 WISE Awards Winner: Solar-Powered Floating Schools, Bangladesh

(via WISEQatar on YouTube, published November 12, 2012.)

 

Mohammed Rezwan: Floating schools

(Mohammed Rezwan: Floating schools from PopTech on Vimeo.)

 

IMAGES

A Wooden Light Bulb That Actually Illuminates ~ Kyoto-based product designer Ryosuke Fukusada has created a wooden light bulb that is capable of radiating light. via Design Taxi, published December 10, 2012.

Strangely Majestic Pictures Of Donated Clothes Show The Industrial Side Of Recycling ~ A photo project by Wesley Law called “Baled: Photographs of America’s Recyclables” captures piles of clothes at Goodwill, before they’re shipped away to the developing world. via FastCo.Exist, published December 13, 2012.

Animated Street Art That Jumps Off The Wall ~ INSA’s GIF-ITI Animated Street Art: Refuting the idea of needing to see a work of art in person to appreciate it. via Architizer, published December 12, 2012.

Amazing Paper Sculptures of Epic Scenes Spring Up From Open Books ~ Talented paper artist Jodi Harvey-Brown brings famous stories to life with her incredible paper sculptures of exciting scenes and popular book characters. via Design Taxi, published December 12, 2012.

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